Our commitments

Integrating ESG within investment processes

We have always sought to drive sustainable growth, and our ESG strategy underpins how we invest, manage and realise value. In addition to acknowledging our own social and environmental responsibilities, we also contribute to the wider industry’s ESG debate.

Ensuring timely improvement in ESG performance

Our dedicated reporting tool collects more than 1,800 datapoints to provide consistent ESG information across our portfolio. This enables our investment managers, portfolio companies and investors to monitor and improve performance at both the portfolio and company level.

Providing transparent information

We believe that transparency and accountability should be at the heart of sustainable private equity investment. It is therefore something we inherently demonstrate to our investors within our ESG capabilities. We report annually to the Principles for Responsible Investment, as well as on key performance indicators to our governing bodies including the Executive Committee, the Investment Committee, the Supervisory Board and to investors.

Upholding the same ESG standards for portfolio companies, PAI offices and people

While every portfolio company faces a unique set of ESG challenges, issues such as governance and employee relations are universal to the companies we own. Our dedicated team focus on macro themes during the investment cycle so that risks can be monitored, lessons shared and opportunities identified.

Promoting ESG among peers and the investment industry

We publicly advocate responsible investment and share our experiences with the wider community:

  • In 2010, we signed the Principles for Responsible Investment, and have since adopted the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (Invest Europe) code of conduct, are a signatory to the French PE association (AFIC) charter, and adhere to the Walker Guidelines for Disclosure and Transparency in Private Equity

  • In 2015, we launched the Initiative Carbone 2020 along with four other private equity firms, with the joint mission of managing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by portfolio companies

  • Our ESG Best Practice Honours awarded by SWEN Capital Partners is testament to the way we promote our ESG activities among our employees and throughout our portfolio companies

PAI, as a company with over 50 employees, is also required to report on gender equality, using a gender pay gap index provided for by French legislation. PAI scores 91/100 on this index.

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